Salena Zito

Huckstering Reagan's name in the debate, he said, "was a perfectly clear logical line. Conservatives love Ronald Reagan, conservatives don't really like this field, and so if conservatives became convinced that one of them (is) Ronald Reagan, that would solve everyone's problem."

Former Reagan campaign staffer Charlie Gerow is still bullish for Republicans in 2008:

"I think that they can win the White House, I even believe that they can take back the Congress, but I think that they have got to do a lot more than they have done thus far in order to accomplish that."

His advice? "Go back to the real message of Ronald Reagan -- not just talking about it, (but) living it, especially in the world of foreign policy. It is time to adopt the Reagan Cold War game plan: 'We win, they lose.'"

It may not be morning in America yet, but it certainly isn't midnight in America either.

Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and columnist.